Roxane Battle is Vice President of Advocacy and Community at Sanvello Health, Inc, a mental health services company and subsidiary of UnitedHealth Group. Sanvello has the #1 app for anxiety, stress, and depression and provides mental health management services for 37 million people worldwide.
Prior to coming to Sanvello, Roxane spent 20+ years as a television journalist, including work as an award-winning news anchor and reporter at NBC Minneapolis, CBS, and FOX.
Her self-help memoir, Pockets of Joy: Deciding to Be Happy, Choosing to Be Free (Whitaker House 2017), became an Amazon bestseller in multiple categories. As a sought-after speaker, Roxane presents on change, resilience, and finding joy during times of transition.
A Minnesota native, Roxane earned her undergraduate degree in journalism from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities and her master’s degree in journalism at the University of Missouri-Columbia. Follow her on LinkedIn, Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook. @roxanebattle.com
What you’ll learn about in this episode:
- Roxane’s journey through reporting, authorship, and public speaking
- How Roxane wrote and published her self-help memoir, “Pockets of Joy”
- How Roxane was discovered by Sanvello Health Inc.
- Why it is so important to own your struggles and be honest with yourself
- Roxane’s process for achieving a state of self-acceptance
- How to build a powerful support network in a time where social distancing seems to prevent it
- The work Roxane is doing in the mental health space and how we can use it to navigate the mental and emotional challenges posed by the lockdown
- Website: https://www.sanvello.com/
- Website: https://roxanebattle.com/
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/roxanebattle/
Battling the Mental and Emotional Impacts of COVID
Roxane Battle is Vice President of Advocacy and Community at Sanvello Health, Inc, a mental health services company and subsidiary of United Health Group. She is also a former news anchor, reporter, and sought-after speaker on change, resiliency, and finding joy during times of transition. I can’t think of anyone who has more relevant expertise in this part of 2020 than Roxane. In this episode of Intentional Greatness, Roxane joins us to share her journey, talk about her self-help memoir, “Pockets of Joy,” and walk us through her process of achieving self-acceptance. In a time when loneliness is running rampant, there are resources out there to help us realize that we are truly not in this alone. Roxane’s story is one of them.
Pockets of Joy
Roxane’s self-help memoir, “Pockets of Joy,” was initially self-published in 2015. It went straight onto the bestseller list, and within a year, a publisher caught wind of her work and bought the rights. Roxane wrote nonstop to meet the 6-week deadline and adapt the book to the self-help space. In doing so, she deeply explored her own experiences with fear, anxiety, loneliness, and depression. Her candid style attracted a huge following and led to many public speaking opportunities, where she would eventually be discovered by Sanvello Health Inc. In an unconventional fashion, Sanvello brought Roxane onto the team in the height of the pandemic, and it couldn’t have been a more critical time to tap into her expertise.
Own Your Struggles
It is important to acknowledge Roxane’s journey because that is what led to her success today. Her life struggles shaped her world view and self-image, and it gave her the experience to share with others and help them navigate their own challenges. Roxane went through a divorce as a public figure, and for a while, she refused to let her shell crack under the spotlight. But eventually, she learned how to acknowledge her feelings and be honest with herself. She gained the courage to go out and seek help. She learned the power of community and positive connection. She learned the value of authenticity. And finally, she learned how to practice self-care which leads to self-acceptance. This is a process we can all benefit from learning, and Roxane’s journey can help us better understand its raw power.
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